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Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

Shrimp, Shrimp, Shrimp, Shrimp!!

I adore the movie, Forest Gump for many reasons. Two big reasons , the movie was filmed in our beloved Low Country- both on Fripp Island, SC and of course downtown historic Savannah and how much Bubba talked and talked about all the ways to prepare shrimp. Like Bubba, I could cook shrimp a zillion ways and never be tired of eating them.
Cause for celebration – Summer time is here and that means our shrimp boats are out fishing right off our coast . We have two types of wild local shrimp that we harvest- white shrimp and brown shrimp. The BROWN SHRIMP are here now! And in the words of Rachel Ray- Yum- Oh! The brown shrimp are only found in the summer time when the shrimp boats can work right off shore . These shrimp love the salt marsh and sea grass and are big, fat and brownish in color. And Sweet! We wait all year for the brown shrimp to be here.

There are two places to buy shrimp right off the shrimp boats here on the Island. Lazeretto Creek Seafood is open 7 days a week from 9AM- 6PM , 912 786 8920 and is located right beside the shrimp docks. When you first cross the Lazeretto Creek Bridge coming on the island, , you make your first right and follow the road along the marsh till you get to the little fishing village. Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours, Cafe Locos, Dewey’s all are here. You can also buy shrimp fresh off the boats from Jamie at Bowie Seafood- located at the first stop light on Tybee , 912 786 8211 . You can’t miss her building- it’s white with red shutters with crabs and shrimp cut outs. AND she has a Leonard Miller whirly gig seafood art creation in her parking lot- look for this great local folk art !
There are two websites to go for more details on Wild local shrimp – http://www.wildgeorgiashrimp.com/ and http://www.wildamericanshrimp.com/
Here is my receipe that I prepare for as many of my family and friends as possible. Easy, delicious and show cases our wild georgia shrimp to their full advantage!
Roasted Tomatoes with Shrimp and Feta
Makes 6 servings
5-8 large tomatoes cut into eighths ( I buy from Davis Produce – their “killer tomatoes”
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of fresh garlic
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of fresh ground pepper
2 pounds of medium shrimp ( buy with the heads on and then peel)
1 tall sprig of fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1 cup crumbled Feta Cheese
1 package of whole wheat pasta ( any type of noodles are fine) cooked firm and drained.
Pre heat oven to 450 F. Place tomatoes in large baking dish. Pour olive oil and garlic over tomatoes. Sprinkle salt and pepper and toss.Place fresh sprig of rosemary on top Roast in oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, take off rosemary sprig, add shrimp,lemon juice, feta cheese and toss. Back in the oven for 15 minutes until shrimp are pink. Remove from oven.
Pour over pasta, add dried fresh rosemary, more fresh ground pepper to taste and sprinkle more feta cheese on top. Serve hot and be prepared to share this receipe.

Ideal Bite : tips for a greener lifestyle!

There is a wonderful daily website you can sign up for to receive “green living” tips on how to enhanace your life and help our earth. Today’s tip involoves keeping our dogs and cats clean and flea free! Enjoy- and if you’d like to sign up for your own daily tidbits go to http://www.idealbite.com/ for more details.
Today’s Tips from their website:
Does your pet smell like absolute scum?
The BiteThat’s ruff. But no need to lie, cheat, or steal to clean ’em up; instead, just tame your best-loved brutes with organic shampoos, breath-fresheners, and flea-fighters.
The Benefits
· Keeping ne’er-do-well creepy-crawlies crawling elsewhere. Natural but effective treatments keep fleas and other pests at bay.
· Putting health fur-st. Many conventional pet cleaning products use pyrethroids, known brain toxins.
· More pet-table coats. Most commercial cleansers contain more than 50% ethyl alcohol, which dries out Fido’s skin.
Personally SpeakingJen’s cat Froggy is so into getting brushed that Jen once accidentally brushed him ’til he was completely naked on his right shoulder blade.
Wanna Try?
· Cyber Canine Herbal Ear Cleaning Blend – clear ear goo with natural oils such as chamomile and goldenseal ($15/1 ounce).
· Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy – use its nontox minerals on your pet, on the carpet, or in your yard to get rid of fleas ($15/8 ounces).
· Cloud Star Buddy Wash – rub-a-dub-dub, all natural suds that smell like lavender ($10/19 ounces).
· Bowser Breath Herbal Breath Drops – just a few drops of this fennel, parsley, and peppermint formula knocks out dog breath ($5/.5 ounces).
· Evercare Magik Brush – lint-roller that removes fur from your duds – and you dont have to replace the lint tape all the freakin’ time ($3).
This tip submitted by Kristen Weinholtz.

Updates on our favorite southern writer- Mary Kay Andrews

We’ve talked before about our favorite southern writer, Miss Mary Kay Andrews, but let us brag some more about her! Yes, she’s still a NY Times Best Selling author, but there’s lots going on in her life!

She and her wonderful husband Tom ( or as she says, Mr. Mary Kay), have finally purchased their first beach cottage here on our quirky little island. Breeze Inn ( yes for her many fans, named after the run- down beach motel in her book , Savannah Breeze, was officially purchased last Friday. It is very, very appropiate that Mary Kay is hard at work on her newest novel, The Fixer Upper because this cottage will be a work in progress for several monthes.
On top of all this excitement, she was just photographed and interviewed to be in the Spring 2009 issue of Paula Deen’s magazine, which is now the highest circulating food magazine in the world, surpassing even Bon Appetitt.
Be sure to go to Mary Kay’s website and read her very entertaining Blog and stay current with all the events in her life. http://www.marykayandrews.com/

Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill and Paula Deen!

Monday night dinner with my friends Brooke and Susan was at the wonderful Marlin Monroe’s Surf Side Grill. WOW! What a great experience!!!! The restaurant is located on the beach right in front of Beach Side Colony on Butler Ave. This is the only restaurant where you can walk in right from the beach, over look the ocean and smell the sea air while you’re eating. The moon was almost full tonight, the food very yummy- conch fritters, Oysters, Fish Tacos and Mojitos . We knew we were in good company when as we were arriving, Paula Deen, her husband Michael and another couple were leaving. Paula and Michael both gave us a big smile, said hello and looked liked they’d just had a GREAT MEAL! This is a couple who knows good food and a big, contented smile was all the endorsement we needed!

Check out this special place to eat , relax and enjoy the good life while visiting us here on our coastal sea island. http://www.marlinmonroessurfsidegrill.com/

Luke Russert honoring his dad

I continue to watch all the tributes given by so many people to remember Tim Russert into the night and then first thing in the morning….. This morning’s Today Show began at 7AM with Matt Lauer talking with Tim’s beloved son , Luke. This 22 year old man had incredible grace, composure and just enough of his Dad to let everyone know that he and his mom were doing as “good as can be expected” but to also know he knew how loved he was by his father. And isn’t that what we all really want? To know we are loved and cared about above everything else?

I’ve heard from so many of you who read my blog to let me know you felt the same way as I do about Tim. His funeral will be Wednesday @ 4PM EST, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The service will be private, but MSNBC will be allowed to broadcast the service because the family knows how beloved Tim is and people want to mourn along with them.

This picture was taken at the end of the Sunday Meet the Press yesterday when Luke went up and touched his dad’s chair, just to feel his dad’s spirit one more time. The entire conversation with Matt can be heard by going to www.msnbc.com .